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Yes, I’m a photographer. But here’s the deal. That’s only part of me. I know so many people whose profession is photography but it seems like they have no life outside of that. I understand obsession but balance is a good thing. So, photography is my profession but there are so many other things that make me Mark.

So, that’s what this little section of my website is about. Yes, I’ll talk about photography and some of the shoots I’m doing and maybe have some tips and tricks. But you can also read about other stuff that stirs my fancy as well. And I usually won’t post completed images from shoots here; that’s why my portfolio exists.

Oh, and if it looks like there are major gaps in writing. That’s because life got too busy. But I’ve got some systems in place to start making it easier to post here. Let’s just see how it goes.

1x1.trans Time for Another Seminar with Lubbock Photographer, Mark Umstot

When: Saturday, November 7, 2009 from 9:00am – 5:00pm
Where: Mark Umstot Photography, 1216 Avenue K, Lubbock

We had such a wonderful time at our first seminar and had to turn some away, so we thought we’d offer another chance to everyone. We’re probably going to limit the numbers on this one (maybe more so than the first), so if you’re interested, book now! Read more…

1x1.trans Remembering That Day... | Lubbock Photographer

Standing there in NYC on 9/11, stunned, not really understanding the full implications. Knowing that people were still in the buildings as we watched them fall. Knowing that I was watching people die and here I stood seemingly safe from less than a mile away. It’s strange. Still haven’t put it all together, what I feel, what I believe changes regularly. Thinking. Remembering.

1x1.trans A Great Seminar with Lubbock Photographer, Mark Umstot

We had a great time this last Saturday. I took off one of my normal wedding dates and decided to have a “Getting Beyond Automatic” seminar for about 20 great people.

See a previous post for details but I overwhelmed them with everything they needed to know about taking control of their cameras. And guess what? By the end of the day, we’re all shooting in manual mode. We had a great model, Bess Caldwell, with whom we practiced our newfound skills. Thanks Bess! Read more…

1x1.trans Getting Beyond Automatic | Seminar with Lubbock Photographer


Learning How To Take Great Pictures with Mark Umstot Photography


When: Saturday, August 1, 2009 from 9:00am – 5:00pm
Where: Mark Umstot Photography, 1216 Avenue K, Lubbock
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1x1.trans The Craziest Weather This Lubbock Photographer Has Ever Seen

Just 45 minutes ago, I experienced the craziest weather phenomenon I’ve known. I have a bit of a background in meteorology, been in tornadoes, etc. Love studying weather. Read more…

The boat I travel in is called Surrender. My two oars are instant forgiveness and gratitude—complete gratitude for the gift of life. I am thankful for the experience of this life, for the opportunity to dance. I get angry, I get mad, but as soon as I remind myself to put my oars in the water, I forgive.

1x1.trans One Part of the Symphony | Lubbock Photographer

I serve. I do the dance I must. I plant trees, but I am not the doer of this work. I am the facilitator, the instrument. I am one part of the symphony. I know there is an overall scheme to this symphony that I cannot understand. In some way, we are each playing our own part. It is not for me to judge or criticize the life or work of another. All I know is that this is my dance. I would plant trees today even if I knew for a certainty that the world would end tomorrow.

Source: Planting Love One Tree At A Time, from Heron Dance, Issue 11

I have a bit of a meteorology background (one of about 15 zillion hobbies I pursue), by no means am I an expert but weather fascinates me. Lubbock’s weather is actually pretty predictable and earlier today it looked like we were going to have some bad weather. And… we did.

I cut short my previews schedule at the studio and headed home to let our four dogs inside. They tend to panic with this kind of weather. Read more…